Introduction to Ekiga

Ekiga is an H.323 and SIP compatible videoconferencing and VOIP/IP-Telephony application that allows you to make audio and video calls to remote users with H.323 hardware or software (such as Microsoft Netmeeting) and SIP compatible software. It supports all modern videoconferencing features, such as registering to an ILS directory, gatekeeper support, making multi-user conference calls using an external MCU, using modern Quicknet telephony cards, and making PC-To-Phone calls.

Package Information

Ekiga Dependencies


ScrollKeeper-0.3.14, EsounD-0.2.36, Evolution Data Server-1.6.3, PWLib-1.10.1 (compiled with OpenLDAP-2.3.27 support), and OPAL-2.2.2


intltool-0.34.2, GNOME Doc Utils-0.6.1, SDL-1.2.11 (required for full-screen video), D-BUS-0.62, and Avahi

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/ekiga

Installation of Ekiga

Install Ekiga by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0) \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3 \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--prefix=$(pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0): Setting the prefix using this parameter instead of with $GNOME_PREFIX will ensure that the prefix is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome/2.14.3: This parameter causes the configuration files to be installed in /etc/gnome/2.14.3 instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc. Additionally (if applicable), the parameter ensures that the GConf-2 database is correctly updated.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This parameter is used so that all ScrollKeeper files are installed in, and the ScrollKeeper database is properly updated in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of some files being installed in $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.


Installed Programs: ekiga, ekiga-config-tool and ekiga-helper
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: $GNOME_PREFIX/share/{gnome/help/, omf/, pixmaps/, sounds/}ekiga

Short Descriptions


is a H.323 and SIP VOIP, telephony and video conferencing application which uses the H.323 and SIP protocols.

Last updated on 2006-06-28 16:57:41 -0500